Press Release: Avoiding “Traffic Jam” Creates Impossibly Bright “Lighthouse”
Avoiding “Traffic Jam” Creates Impossibly Bright “Lighthouse”
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
September 6, 2016
A supercomputer recreated a blinking impossibly bright “monster pulsar.”
The central energy source of enigmatic pulsating Ultra Luminous X-ray sources (ULX) could be a neutron star according to numerical simulations performed by a research group led by Dr. Tomohisa Kawashima at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ).
This research was supported in part by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science through Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research （No. 26400229, 15K05036）and MEXT SPIRE and JICFuS as a priority issue (Elucidation of the fundamental laws and evolution of the universe) to be tackled by using the Post K Computer.
Center for Computational Astrophysics, NAOJ Web Site